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Yell Fire (2006)

Artist: Michael Franti
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Format: CD
Sku: 202646423
UPC: 045778680726
UPC 14: 00045778680726
Release Date: 7/25/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Time To Go Home ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
2. Yell Fire ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
3. I Know I'm Not Alone ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
4. East To The West ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
5. Sweet Little Lies ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
6. Hello Bonjour ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
7. One Steop Closer to You ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
8. Hey Now Now ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
9. Everybody Ona Move ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
10. See You In The Light ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
11. Light Up Ya Lighter ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
12. What I've Seen ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
13. Tolerance ~ Michael Franti & Spearhead/Michael Franti
14. Is Love Enough? - (featuring Gentleman) ~ Michael Franti/Spearhead
Michael Franti has created a searing, reflective new album of original songs titled Yell Fire! 14 new songs inspired by the trip to Iraq, Israel and Occupied Territories of Palestine. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica and Franti's hometown of San Francisco, California.

"The thing that I found when I was in war zones was that nobody wants to hear songs about war. They want to hear songs about connection to people, and songs about love and life, songs that make them dance." --Michael Franti

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Michael Franti (vocals, guitar, percussion); Michael Franti; Squidlly, Mannars Itiene (vocals, drums); Theresa Perez, Ade, Gentleman (vocals); J. Bowman, Ian Coleman (guitar); Lou Jackson, Peter Pan (violin, strings); Julie Marle, Julie Marie (violin); Ralph Street (cello); Carl Young (piano, keyboards, bass guitar); Eamonn Flynn, Michael Hyde, Anthony Robustelli, Jason Yates, Steven "Lenky" Marsden (keyboards); Robbie Shakespeare (bass guitar); Roberto Quintana, Uziah "Sticky" Thompson (percussion); Zsa Zsa, Carlita (background vocals); Gentleman (vocals); Dave Shul (guitar); Sly Dunbar (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Michael Franti; J. Bowman; Brian Malouf.
Muze PNote Recording information: Anchor Studios, Kingston, Jamaica; Glenwood Studios, Burbank, CA; Hyde Street Studios, San Fransisco, CA; Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA; Sugar Shack, SF, CA; Sugar, San Fransisco, CA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Michael Franti; Summer Preney; Franz Lustig; Tina Tainui; Wonder Knack.

Producer: Michael Franti; Michael Franti

Engineer: Michael VerSteegt; J. Bowman; Robert Gatley; Mario Caldato, Jr.; Robert Carranza; Arne Frager

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Gentleman

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Note Of Hope:celebration Of Woody Gut
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold 2010
Muze Music Compilations 1 Giant Leap
Muze Music Compilations No Prisoners
Muze Music Compilations Amid The Noise And Haste

Associated Artists and Works


Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/25/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 86807
Music Label Name Label : Anti
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00045778680726

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.68)
- "[T]he veteran rabble-rouser folds his political sermons inside uplifting reggae-fired funk..." -- Grade: A-

Uncut (p.84)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "Bombast is confined to the opening clutch of tracks....The rest is celebratory, even romantic..."

No Depression (p.122)
- "[T[he music on YELL FIRE! fuses reggae, guitar rock, Latin dance rhythms, fierce rap lyrics, sweet pop melodies and much more into a kind of world music that deserves that name."


Michael Franti & Spearhead

In 1994, Michael decided after speaking out in such a confrontational in-your-face way that he would still stay true, but to do it in a different approach. This would be to have consciousness in the music, but also bring the music so people could dance and have a good time as well. This idea manifested itself as Michael's next group, Spearhead. The band started off with a great album on a new label (Capitol Records) and a strong female singer named Mary Harris that added a lot of fire to the group. The album was named Home. It gave Michael his first hit record with the thought-provoking track "Hole in the Bucket". It was also the first record in the rap community to address the subject of HIV and AIDS. The song "Positive" was also picked up and included on The Red Hot organization's album Stolen Moments. Spearhead embarked on a two year tour in support of Home with artists such as Ben Harper, Digable Planets, Brand New Heavies and The Fugess.

In 1996, Michael began writing for the next Spearhead record which was released in 1997. The album, Chocolate Super Highway was a new level for Michael storytelling skills. It featured collaborations with Stephen Marley, Marie of Zap Mama and Joan Osborne. It also contained an updated version of the Disposable Heroes song "Water Pistol Man". This album also introduced Spearhead's new singer, Trinna Simmons, who added a lot to the new songs, such as "U Can't Sing Our Song", "Madness in tha Hood" and "Ganja Babe". Spearhead started on another world tour. This tour, they played on the Smoking Grooves tour during the summer of 1997.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Franti,Michael
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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